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Offline EverNostalgic

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On this page: https://www.retrotowers.co.uk/flash-carts/everdrives

The product title for many EverDrives contains "Cartridge Form". What do they mean by this? What would a "non-cartridge form" EverDrive be? Isn't an EverDrive a cartridge with electronics inside of it? Can you alternatively buy only the "circuit board" without the plastic shell? If so, why would anyone want to?

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Re: What does "Cartridge Form" refer to in EverDrive context?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2021, 12:32 AM »
Still wondering about this...

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Re: What does "Cartridge Form" refer to in EverDrive context?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2021, 01:03 PM »
It doesn't mean anything in particular for Everdrives, you have to ask Retrotowers what they mean by that. I suppose they mean not naked PCBs, but some Everdrives doesn't say Cartridge Form even though they normally comes in a shell.

As for why one would want a naked PCB, that would be if you already have a shell you want to use with a particular design. Many flashcarts such as the N8 Pro requires a very specific shell with the correct PCB mounting holes and slots for SD card, USB and a pushbutton, so normally you want to buy it with a shell.

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Re: What does "Cartridge Form" refer to in EverDrive context?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2021, 04:12 AM »
I guess it's there because many years ago the Everdrives were sold as a bare PCB product.
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Re: What does "Cartridge Form" refer to in EverDrive context?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2021, 01:35 PM »
Yes I think so too.